Colin Moulding

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Colin Moulding
XTC Band.jpg
Moulding (second from left) with XTC
Background information
Also known as The Red Curtain, The Colonel
Born (1955-08-17) 17 August 1955 (age 60)
Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Genres Rock, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, singer
Instruments Bass, vocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active 1977–present
Labels Cooking Vinyl, Geffen, Idea, Virgin
Associated acts XTC, The Dukes of Stratosphear

Colin Ivor Moulding (born 17 August 1955, Swindon, Wiltshire, England)[1] is a bassist, songwriter and vocalist. He is a founding member of the band XTC. Though less prolific than bandmate Andy Partridge, Moulding wrote many of the group's most popular songs, including their first three UK hit singles: "Life Begins At The Hop", "Making Plans For Nigel", and "Generals and Majors". "Making Plans For Nigel" was also a Top 20 hit in Canada, and "Generals and Majors" was the band's first U.S. chart entry, peaking at #104 in 1980. Moulding's songs tended to differ from those of Partridge, in some cases having more political overtones.

Life and career[edit]

Moulding's bass playing is self-taught, learning 1970s rock riffs at 15 years old. He cites Andy Fraser of Free as an early musical influence and has stated a preference for an intuitive approach to writing and playing rather than study.[2] When writing songs Moulding has used guitars and keyboards rather than the bass guitar.[3]

Outside his work with XTC (and their alter-ego side project The Dukes of Stratosphear), Moulding released a non-charting solo single ("Too Many Cooks In The Kitchen" b/w "I Need Protection") in 1980 under the pseudonym "The Colonel". He later played bass and co-produced one track on the 1994 Sam Phillips album Martinis and Bikinis, and in 2005, he contributed to Billy Sherwood's Pink Floyd tribute album Return to the Dark Side of the Moon, playing bass and singing lead vocal on "Brain Damage." It has also been announced that Moulding will be appearing on Sherwood's next album.[4]

In February 2007, Partridge told music website Pitchfork Media that Moulding was "not interested in music any more, and doesn't want to write."[5] Moulding concurred in having a recent loss of interest in music.[2] In November 2008 Moulding emerged for an interview about "Making Plans For Nigel" for an instalment in the series of interviews by Todd Bernhardt. He also gave a two-hour interview in December 2008 on the Todd Rundgren fansite, Rundgren Radio.[2]

Moulding made vocal contributions to a Billy Sherwood Progressive Rock album (The Prog Collective, August 2012), combining forces with Rick Wakeman on "Check Point Karma". He performed a lead vocal for the song "The Man Who Died Two Times" from the album "In Extremis" by the Progressive Rock band Days Between Stations (released 15 May 2013) and appears in the video for the song, released in June 2014.[6]


Studio albums[edit]

  • White Music (1978)
    • "Crosswires"
    • "Do What You Do"
    • "I'll Set Myself on Fire"
    • "Dance Band" (CD bonus track)
    • "Heatwave" (CD bonus track)
    • "Instant Tunes" (CD bonus track)
  • Go 2 (1978)
    • "Buzzcity Talking"
    • "Crowded Room"
    • "The Rhythm"
    • "I Am the Audience"
  • Black Sea (1980)
    • "Generals and Majors"
    • "Love at First Sight"
    • "Smokeless Zone" (CD bonus track)
  • English Settlement (1982)
    • "Runaways"
    • "Ball and Chain"
    • "Fly on the Wall"
    • "English Roundabout"
  • Mummer (1983)
    • "Wonderland"
    • "Deliver Us from the Elements"
    • "In Loving Memory of a Name"
  • The Big Express (1984)
    • "Wake Up"
    • "I Remember the Sun"
    • "Washaway" (CD bonus track)
  • Skylarking (1986)
    • "Grass"
    • "The Meeting Place"
    • "Big Day"
    • "Dying"
    • "Sacrificial Bonfire"
  • Nonsuch (1992)
    • "My Bird Performs"
    • "The Smartest Monkeys"
    • "War Dance"
    • "Bungalow"
    • "Didn't Hurt a Bit" (CD bonus track)
  • Songs of the Century - An All-Star Tribute to Supertramp (2012)
  • The Prog Collective (2012)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Rag and Bone Buffet: Rare Cuts and Leftovers (1990)
    • "Ten Feet Tall" (US Single Version)
    • "Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen"
    • "Looking for Footprints"
    • "The World is Full of Angry Young Men"
    • "I Need Protection"
    • "Officer Blue"
    • "Blame the Weather"

Non-album songs[edit]

  • "Down a Peg"
  • "Say It"
  • "Skeletons"
  • "Where Did the Ordinary People Go?"


  1. ^ "XTC biography – accessed July 2008". Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Doug Interview of Colin Moulding Rundgren Radio (fansite), 7 December 2008, Retrieved 9 December 2008
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  4. ^ "All-star Supertramp tribute, new prog-rock album on tap for Yes alum Billy Sherwood". Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Archived 17 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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